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John Watson

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1859

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Mrs. Smith, My Dear!
J. Watson

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Mr. Smith verse 1
Mrs. Smith upon my word, This is really too absurd,
There is surely no one like you, Either far or near;
Winter, summer, autumn, spring, You'r for ever on the wing,
Never quiet for a moment, Mrs. Smith my dear,
Winter, summer, autumn, spring,
You'r for ever on the wing;
Never quiet for a moment, Mrs. Smith my dear!

Mrs. Smith verse 1
Mr. Smith, upon my conscience, How can you talk such nonsense,
I fear you little judgement isn't over clear;
Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Noga, have both gone to Saratoga,
And Cape May was all I mentioned, Mr. Smith, my dear!
Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Noga, have both gone to Saratoga,
And Cape May was all I mentioned, Mr. Smith, my dear!

Mr. Smith verse 2
Mrs. Smith a plague upon it, Here's a single dress and bonnet,
Yet the bill would frighten Croesus In to fits, oh dear!
As for Mrs. Jones the squinter, Why she starves herself all winter,
And can well afford to travel, Mrs. Smith my dear,
As for Mrs. Jones the squinter, Why she starves herself all winter,
And can well afford to travel, Mrs. Smith my dear.

Mrs. Smith verse 2
There's your wine and your cigars, Sir
(Youve left the door ajar Sir, NO occasion I believe to let the servants hear;)
Cost twenty times the sum too, That all my habits come to,
Oh! bless me, I've not patience, Mr. Smith, my dear!
Cost twenty times the sum too, That all my habits come to,
Oh! bless me, I've not patience, Mr. Smith, my dear!

Mr. Smith verse 3
Mrs. Smith I'm quite astounded At your love for those confounded
Balls and parties, routs and concerts, Ev'ry night in the year;
As for my wants they are real, And I'm sure that you can see all My expences,
Your's are endless, Mrs. Smith my dear,
Yes my wants are few and real, And I'm sure that you can see all My expences, Your's are endless, Mrs. Smith my dear.

Mrs. Smith verse 3
Oh your wants! but where's your schemes, Sir?
Your million making dreams sir?
Your Morus Multicaulis spec?
My dear, now my dear! Out of all my pretty scholar If you see a single dollar
Why I'm very much mistake Mr. Smith my dear!
Out of all my pretty scholar If you see a single dollar
Why I'm very much mistake Mr. Smith my dear!

Mr. Smith verse 4
Mrs. Smith! I'm quite distracted, at the habits you've contracted,
I'll not spare another dollar, So I wont, that's clear;
On my life! it's very funny, not a thought about the money,
Where the mischief should it come from Mrs. Smith, my dear!
'Pon my life it's very funny, Not a thought about the money,
Where the mischief should it come from Mrs. Smith, my dear!

Mrs. Smith verse 4
I don't ask you where you roam Sir- But I know this-
At hone Sir, there is very little of you, that we see or hear-
And where you choose to be, Sir - Is a mystery to me, Sir;
Why the fact is quite notorious, Mr. Smith, my dear!
And where you choose to be, Sir - Is a mystery to me, Sir; Why the fact is quite notorious, Mr. Smith, my dear!

Mr. Smith
How I hate these petty quarrels, Oh! I don't impugn your morals
And as really I've not wish to be at all severe;
Then suppose to make an end on't-

Mrs. Smith
I shall say no more depend on't

Both
We had better both be quiet Mr./Mrs. Smith my dear.
Then suppose we make and end on't, I shall say no more depend on't,
For we'd better both be quiet Mr./Mrs. Smith my dear.

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